How to Encourage Interaction Amongst Online Students?

How can faculty encourage interaction between online students?

Reported by EdSurge,  while student-to-student engagement is one of the most valued parts of higher education, it can be hard to facilitate these interactions online.

Fortunately, there are many tools designed to encourage online interaction such as FlipGrid which allows you to post a video question and collect responses via video as well. Bonni Stachowiak from Vanguard University also suggests to rethink the discussion board beyond assigning short responses to a faculty prompt. Instead, assigning assignments, but then assigning two peer reviewers to respond to a specific student’s assignment, intentionally connecting students to new peers.

The takeaway? Just because online classes aren’t held in person doesn’t mean we have to avoid human contact altogether. Get creative. Use tools. And make those essential student-to-student connections happen.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.